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October 22, 2014

Feed me Seymour!

If you’re thinking you might as well take the winter off where you live, get one thing done before you take your break. Planting a cover crop in your vegetable garden feeds the soil, loosens the structure and provides organic materials when you dig it under in spring.

You’ll be ready to plant in a super-duper enriched environment.

It’s as easy as sprinkling seed. Mother Earth News has the long-form how-to.

TwinCities.com—Public smackdown for gardener sprucing vacant lot


October 21, 2014

Because the birds don’t hunker down

Fall might look a little dull to a hummingbird. What, with the blossoms gone and nectar sources scarce.

Kennedy Glass Studios has been making these beautiful nectar feeders for four years.

Wall Street Journal —Big problem in English garden community: Spiking snails over the fence.


October 16, 2014

Fall color for warm climates

A lot of us mistakenly believe that fall color has something to do with climate. But that is only partially true.

Deciduous plants change leaf color in preparation for cold weather, but only because the days are growing shorter. Short days are what trigger the change.

You got to plant it, to get it. Here are eight plants that color up nicely in warm climates:

Crape Myrtle
Japanese Birch
Honey Locust

Local8Now —Tennessee women gets the slammer for sloppy yard


October 13, 2014

Christopher Columbus’s plant discoveries

Yeah there were the new worlds and all that to be explored, but then there were the plants. The Columbian Exchange is named for the first mass exchange of materials from continent to continent.

The old world shared horses, chickens and smallpox with the Americas.

The Americas gave up the good stuff: vanilla, chocolate and strawberries.

LATimes: Stealing plants and lawn statues for a cause: frat parties


October 8, 2014

Five fun pumpkin facts

1. Most pumpkins are not true pumpkins, but kinds of squash

2. In fact, pumpkin pie filling is typically squash mixes that include Butternut, Hubbard or Boston Marrow

3. Pumpkins have been grown in North America for five thousand years

4. The Jack O’ Lantern originated in Ireland in the form of turnips

5. Not all pumpkins work for pumpkin recipes. For cooking try Baby Bear, Cinderella, Fairytale and Sugar Pie

Central Florida Future: Your Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte? No pumpkin in the ingredient list. 


October 6, 2014

Peace, Love and Gardening

Head’s up Southern California gardeners: There is new blog all about local gardening called Peace, Love and Gardening by Alex Anderson, hard core gardener just like us.

What’s cool about her blog is she keeps us up to date on happenings with a garden calendar, list of events, and (I love this) a month to month to-do calendar. Plus she’s blogging about her own backyard.

Smithsonian - The world’s most dangerous garden is also the setting of Hogwarts.


September 25, 2014

When our thoughts turn to burgundy

And so we can’t wait to get one with fall colors. This little gem of a sedum named ‘Touchdown Teak’ gives us a fix in deep burgundy shades and new growth in orange.

Grows to 8-inches high and 16-inches wide, tolerates a wide range of soils, can endure dry but, like all succulents, prefers moist. From ParkSeed.

Seattle Times - Residents receive a $1 fine for failure to compost.


September 23, 2014

Difficult plant = profitable crop

It turns out that wasabi - a food we’ve probably never actually had - is the most difficult of all crops to grow commercially according to the BBC. So what are we eating with our tuna roll? Horseradish + food coloring.

Those that can figure out how to grow wasabi are pocketing $90 per pound. It doesn’t seem so hard if you’re familiar with hydroponics. The seeds, however, are guarded like the Hope diamond.

The Mind Unleashed—Scientist say sniffing rosemary can increase memory by 75 percent